Photography 1 - Lecture/Lab 
COM 210-01   -   4 credits
Tuesday & Thursday 2:00-3:45 PM

Classroom: Media 103
Lab: Media 109-105

Instructor - Martin Seymour Portfolio
Phone: 860.465.4354 / Voice-mail   

Office Hours
Location Media  109

Communication Department   
Chair: Dr. John Hale    860.465.5201

Secratary Monica O'Conner:  860.465 4340

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Catalog Description:
Combination Lecture and Lab (previous experience not required)
  • An introduction to the topic with a historical overview of discoveries leading to photographic technology; from the earliest to current digital imaging. This course is for an absolute beginner but is also information rich for students with experience. 
  • Lab demonstrations focus on learning the properties of light and exposure, comprehension of technical skills and visual perception using traditional darkroom techniques (wet chemistry). Lab assignments illustrate concepts via hands on practical experience. Students learn to capture an image on film and the steps of developing and enlarging a print.
  • Digital photography and camera function is covered in lecture analogous to film camera/darkroom concepts. Composition theory and visual communication are emphasized.  Digital lecture/labs include instruction for use of ECSU student accounts.
  • Visual communication with still images is a focus throughout. Labs explore the power of the still image in visual communication and how to apply photographic composition technique to convey emotion, meaning and ideas with an image. Topics include still photography’s relevance to visual communication for marketing and photojournalistic venues in today’s mass media.
  • Advanced labs introduce studio lighting concepts and basic digital image presentations. Digital camera functions are covered with digital lab assignments for White Balance, Composition and Visual Communication.
  • Digital Lab assignments will include using photography to create content for student ePortfolios. Lecture/labs will provide guidelines, methods and procedures for creating ePortfolio audience specific content.  Provide instruction  for use of ECSU student accounts to store and serve their ePortfolio content; present outlines of conceptual organizing structures to control access to the various aspects of a student ePortfolio. Use for class communication and interactive feedback.

  • Labs include use of, WordPress and ECSU student ePortfolio instruction.


Course Objectives:

  • Provide students with the knowledge and ability to capture images and produce quality black & white prints with traditional photographic process. 
  • Sharpen student perception of light and its behavior and gain a greater awareness of how its qualities affect the image being captured.
  • Prepare students to visualize concepts and create meaningful pictures, by understanding the elements of visual communication, composition technique and how to make a more dynamic image.
  • Students gain an ability to find creative photographic solutions based on foundation knowledge and experience via rigorous lab assignments.  Enable students to achieve their desired visual expression with traditional photographic media as well as apply these concepts to digital imaging.

Required Materials:  (B&W chemistry and lab facilities provided by the ECSU Comm Dept)
Discussed during first class.

(estimated. costs)

  • Camera: a 35 mm capable of manual shutter and aperture settings.
  • Camera: a simple digital camera
  • 1 binder: Three-ring 2” to 3” ring size for negatives, lab prints and work prints.                  ($10.)
  • 1 binder: Three-ring ½” to 1” ring size for photo-essay presentation portfolio.                    ($10.)
  • Negative and print storage sleeves with holes for three-ring binder.                                    ($26.)
  • Film: 10 to 14 rolls 35mm B&W film, on average one per week.                                       ($60.)
  • Photographic Paper: approximately 75 to 100 sheets 8x10 Resin Coated.                          ($65.)
  • Frames: At least one for final print exhibition (11x14 frame, mat window for 8x10 print).   ($18.)    

  • Recommended:  Film developing tank and reel                                                               ($27.)

    Estimated Student Expense for Required Lab Materials not including camera:     ($160. to $250.)

    Textbook: (required)
    Barbara London and John Upton Photography  9th edition. ISBN-13: 9780131752016

    Recommended reading: Edward Weston: The Last Years in Carmel  ISBN: 0-86559-192-X

                                        Ansel Adams; The Camera(1), The Negative(2), The Print (3).

    The Daybooks of Edward Weston : Mexico & California (out of print, find in library)

    NewsPapers: The Sunday New York Times        

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